Tiger Woods trolls Phil Mickelson after winning PGA Tour PIP


ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods elevated the phrase “moving the needle” to a different level on Wednesday when the PGA Tour revealed the winners of the Player Impact Program (PIP) the Tour first introduced in 2021.

Although he hasn’t played in an official tournament since the 2020 Masters, Woods was declared the winner of the PIP and will receive $8 million for it. Phil Mickelson, who recently took to Twitter to declare himself the winner of the PIPactually finished second and won $6 million.

In December, Mickelson announced he had won the PIP, tweeting, “I’d like to thank all the crazy people (and real fans too) for…helping me win the PIP!!”

After the results were revealed on Wednesday, Woods took to Twitter, retweeting Mickelson, saying, “Oops.”

The inaugural program, which awarded $40 million to the top 10 graduates, was measured from January 1 to December 31, 2021, and the final score was calculated based on year-end data.

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The metrics to determine the winner used five criteria – Nielsen Ratings, Google Searches, MVP Index, Meltwater Mentions and Q Rating, based on a player’s social media appeal and popularity. .

The top 10 players received bonuses from the pool of $40 million, which will grow to $50 million in 2022. After Woods and Mickelson came Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas, who each received 3, $5 million, then Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, world number one Jon Rahm and Bubba Watson, who each took in $3 million.

“You look at the 10 guys that are there, and those are the 10 guys that have been at the top of the game or have been at the top of the game for a long time,” McIlroy said Wednesday. “It’s definitely not something I check every week to see where I’m at, but I think it turned out the way most of us expected.”

Patrick Cantlay, who is ranked No. 3 in the world and is not in the Arnold Palmer Invitational field this week, recently denounced the PIP program, saying he should place more weight on player results.

“I think I’m old school in that I would like the money to be distributed relative to the game and I don’t think the PIP does that,” Cantlay told the Genesis Invitational two weeks ago. . “This may be the first start the tour has had of rewarding good play to reward social media or popularity presence, so I don’t like that start.”

Viktor Hovland, who doesn’t have a Twitter account, said on Wednesday: “Obviously it would be nice to do the PIP, but at the same time I’m not going to go out of my way to try to make it a goal. I already spend too much time on my phone answering messages. I see it more as a distraction than it does to help me. My main goal is just to play better golf, and that supports the most things.



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